More about Mary
"I benefited incredibly from my BA degree at Nottingham Trent University. It also helped that the course is accredited by the NCTJ because it put me in good stead when applying for jobs. I'm now a multimedia production journalist at the Press Association and I don't think I could even have had a look in without my accredited degree. It's just perfectly designed to deliver industry-ready graduates.
"Some of the modules on the course I felt were spot on with regards to the constantly changing landscape of journalism. Having graduated I've noticed there's a lot more emphasis on digital skills and abilities in the journalism job market and I think NTU has been slightly ahead of the curve with that. Its modules in online production and multimedia platforms meant that I didn't have a gap in my skillset when it came to understanding digital and multimedia journalism and I'm so grateful for that.
"We were also trained in how to use digital SLR cameras and video cameras for online production, as well as Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXpress for page layouts. News days, the practical aspect of the course, were loads of fun as they gave us the opportunity to produce a newspaper or magazine to the standards of that required by the industry.
"Going on work experience was a must for the degree. I was able to spend time at the Derbyshire Times, Nottingham Post and Derby Telegraph, all papers in the area, which meant I could put what I'd learnt on the course into practice. Learning SEO from my placement at Skeleton Productions, a video production business in Nottingham, was also essential as SEO is now a huge part of what I do in my current role. So although a non-media company, I had the opportunity to add a few more strings to my bow.
"The experience of the staff at CBJ was made obvious from day one – you knew they had been professionals in the trade and could trust their advice. Mandy Ball is an exceptional lecturer of media law and without her I would not have gained my law qualification. Chris Crawford and Ann Charlton are also both wonderful and supportive tutors - they do their utmost to help.
"But all the staff at CBJ were so welcoming and approachable. They really made studying there a lot more enjoyable. Despite the centre having many different strands of degrees such as the MA Newspaper and BA Print Journalism, it felt much more like a community than just a place at which to get a degree.
"I cannot recommend CBJ highly enough. It has taught me all the skills and knowledge I need to compete in the industry."